- Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful: the halcyon days of the mid 1980s, when profits were soaringMore example sentences
- With no firm ideology, swinging like a pendulum from one side to another the brief period of halcyon days in my life passed just like the sand slips out off the hands.
- Flying around the Los Angeles area was still fun in those happy, halcyon days!
- Changed days indeed and undoubtedly for the better, but I wonder if we're still being dragged down by romantic memories of the halcyon days of the past when it comes to assessing today's top horses.
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- 1A mythical bird said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at sea at the winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm.More example sentences
- The halcyon, a mythical bird, is said to have laid its eggs in the nautilus' shell.
- Here he sings of the halcyon, the mythical bird that was supposed to breed on the calm surface of the sea in mid-winter.
- 2A tropical Asian and African kingfisher with brightly coloured plumage.
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- Genus Halcyon, family Alcedinidae: many species
- The halcyon is a type of kingfisher that lays its eggs on the beach in winter.
- Halcyons are solitary except when they are courting and raising a family.
late Middle English (in the mythological sense): via Latin from Greek alkuōn 'kingfisher' (also halkuōn, by association with hals 'sea' and kuōn 'conceiving').